A rat catcher, Banksy and Prince William were among the dozens of carefully designed straw-filled characters that appeared across Brent Knoll at the weekend for the village’s annual scarecrow festival!

The organisers invited residents to produce characters with the theme of ‘jobs and occupations – past and present’.

And, once again, the villagers rose to the challenge – with a superbly varied range of around 60 imaginatively-designed scarecrows on display on Saturday and Sunday (September 23rd and 24th).

This year’s winners were: 1st: Rat Catcher (Gass and Marsh Families, pictured above), 2nd: Toothfairy (Brent area churches – toddler group, pictured below); and 3rd: Maitre d’Munro (Munro family).

A steady flow of visitors headed into the village to see the characters alongside road edges, gardens, walls and paths.

The festival – which helps to raise funds for Girlguiding Brent Knoll – was hailed a success by organisers.

“This is always a very creative event which involves residents and visitors alike, with some superb scarecrows to find,” said a spokeswoman.

“Once again the village warmly supported it with many wonderful characters on show!”

The Women’s Land Army was the theme for this wartime display

Banksy is finally photographed in this street art scarecrow display!

Maitre d’Munro by the Munro family brought a culinary theme to the trail

A Beefeater was among the designs by the Brent Knoll Guides

A lifeguard – complete with pool, swimmers and toys – made a splash

This basket weaver was busy at work through the weekend…

… unlike this builder, who was featured on his 10-minute tea break!

A straw horse and scarecrow rider jumping over a hedge drew attention

Wonka was the theme of this ‘sweet’ display, complete with music

No police cuts here! Brent Knoll got its own prison and ‘PC Plod’ for the weekend

Is that skimmed or full fat? A scarecrow milkman parked outside the post office

The Tadpoles put their own personal mark on this book-themed entry

Massage therapy was the last straw for this patient

Mowing the lawn is no longer a chore with this gardening scarecrow

… and this character will clean your windows with ease

A blacksmith was set up in Brent Street, complete with the tools of his trade

Anyone for cricket? The bowler was told to aim for the bales

This childminder’s display featured play, learning, exploring and friends

Prince William put in an appearance with this air ambulance themed display

A merchant, designed by the Clarks, displayed his wares in the village

‘Balthazar Bratt super villain’ was the theme of this colourful character

Ready to shine your nails, this scarecrow was among the characters

This ITU physio was among the straw characters set up for visitors

The first place winning rat catcher was on hand in Station Road

‘Teacher Mel’ was set up in front of a house with a challenge for passers-by to identify the past and present items on show

This dog training themed display came complete with two pooches

The children at Brent Knoll School created a road safety themed scarecrow…

… and also an Egyptian display with a threatening crocodile and river!

This refuse collector was busy at work with his young helpers

Brent Knoll Guides created a whole garden of airport-themed characters

Santa put in an early appearance during the weekend